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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Burma

 
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Ocean Rover, Feb, 2006,

by David Shem-Tov, NA, UK (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2271.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Cocos, Malpelo, French Polynesia, Truk, Maldives, Red Sea, Indonesia, Galapagos, Carribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No, except when imminently steaming, we were requested to limit to 60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very generous space. Plenty of electrical points, both 110 and 220.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A return for me to the excellent Ocean Rover, which must rank as the MOST COMFORTABLE and BEST MANAGED liveaboard operation I have used (and I have been on several.) Everyone on board from cruise director to room attendant and in the back office is completely committed to making your holiday exceptional. Superbly designed and very comfortable accomodations. Every detail thought of and almost every desire anticipated and catered for. The best diving was at Richelieu Rock (Thailand) and Black Rock (Myanmar.) Enjoyed 4-5 dives on most days. (BTW, on Black Rock I was given the opportunity to visit the Anggun, which was moored there at the same time. The Anggun, OR and Aqua One are considered Thailand's top liveaboards. Shown around by friendly crew and shown several types of cabins, so I could make comparisons. Anggun more attractive on the outside, smaller and narrower - with 7-max 14 guests as opposed to OR's 8 cabins-max 16 guests. The cabins are generally comparable, with the exception of the two smallest ones and the large master bedroom. Offers blended Nitrox as opposed to membrane-filtered. Space restricted on the dive deck with very limited facilities for photographers. Spoke to guests who seemed very satisfied and raved about the food. I would stick with OR, but Anggun offers shorter itineraries and would be a very acceptable alternative.)
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